Why Pot-Scaping is the Garden Trend You Need to Know About

Pot-scaping is well worth trying, whether you have a large garden, a small city balcony or no outdoor space at all.

Pot-scaping is officially a thing, so we asked gardeners how best to embrace the trend. Much like table-scaping (laying the table) or mantel-scaping (making the mantelpiece look nice), it's nothing more than arranging containers in your backyard to create an aesthetically pleasing display.

Fresh herbs in terracotta pots, spot-scaping is the garden trend you need to know about.

Photo by Marcus Spiske 

Don't roll your eyes – there's a lot to love about it, like the fact you can make it as simple or elaborate as you like. Container gardening ideas always add uplifting color and fragrance, no matter the season.

Author and gardener Ja-ne de Abreu says pot-scaping is a great way to add an extra dimension to your garden. 'Buy pots of different sizes that match in some way. When I want to switch up my look, I place them around my porch. When I had parties (pre-pandemic), I brought them inside to enhance my decor,' she says. 

'You can plant just about anything in them. I recommend theme plants – like a herb garden, or edible flowers, or jazz it up with a salsa garden or pizza garden. Plant things you love to put in salsa or pizza and you'll love the results.'

An abundance of red geraniums in pots in your backyard will always make you – and guests – smile. These plants also work beautifully alongside other Mediterranean garden ideas, like fragrant herbs or lavender. 

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There are lots of options with pot-scaping, but not everyone is convinced – Jeremy Yamaguchi, CEO at Lawn Love is on the fence. 'I have mixed feelings on it as a professional landscaper because it does limit what you can use,' says Jeremy. 

'Not every plant does well in a pot long-term,' he points out, 'and almost every plant is inhibited by the size and material of the pot. On the other hand, this size can create a very uniform garden you can arrange by size to suit your liking.'

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Pot-scaping is wonderful for the indecisive gardener, as nothing is set in stone. This frees you up to be more creative and experiment with different combinations of plants that you might not expect to 'go' together.


Article courtesy of Gardening Etc. written by Millie Hurst

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